Merit in Walking

It is hardly believable it has taken me well over a week to get around to coding and then uploading this short video clip of Adrienne. I’d mentioned I’d do that in my previous post. Like so many things once I  had the time I just pointed myself to the software I needed to use and the rest was so easy. The steps from (1) deciding to do something, (2) committing to doing it, (3) actually doing what one has set out to do are littered with pitfalls. In my case a combination of daily life calls on my time taking precedences over dealing with the video, coupled with a reticence to approach a new and untested program. It is all too easy to go off the boil when completion of a project just seems to take for ever. Here is the video clip…job completed.


Adrienne on a Walk, Talking about Walking
from Mugo on Vimeo.

In a recent post on The Merit of Walking Adrienne headed the post – I have arrived – I am home – my destination in each step. I appreciate that thought so much. Walking,  especially for long distances, brings one to the stripped-down here and now basics of daily living. While on a walk those three steps I listed above, so prone to stumble and delay in our complex lives, flow together into one movement. There is a built-in momentum which carries one onwards. What is up ahead, the actual destination, fades from view as the knee bends, the boot lifts and lands. Over and over and over again. Simple action carries one forwards.

Committing to something, such as the walk Adrienne is doing, is testing of practice on so many levels. Especially when committing to something untested and outside of one’s experience. Like my approaching the software program to code the video clip, other seemingly more important matters can rise up and the original intention can fade, or dissolve. Jobs don’t get completed, destinations are not reached and walks are not started.

Underneath and within the simple walking on, whatever that might be in particular whether challenging or just ho hum there is the returning to one’s interior. In the flow of physically walking the returning becomes reflexive. There is merit in walking.

The merit of this post is for John Hodges and for Adrienne.